MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
Best practice for big data management
Big data is one of the most talked-about technology trends of the past decade. However, the catalyst for big data occurred in the 1960s. A 1967 paper by B.A Marron discussed the growing amount of data that the world was producing – referred to as the ‘information explosion’. In the paper, Marron imagined the potential of an automatic processor that could collect and store valuable pieces of information for its users – technology that we now experience in almost every part of our lives. Here, Lee Sullivan, Regional Manager at industrial software expert, COPA-DATA UK, explains the value of big data in the manufacturing industry and the best practice for industrial data acquisition and visualisation.
Choosing the right balls for your bearings
Some pro-cyclists have turned to precision hybrid ceramic bearings for their low rolling resistance to give them a race day advantage over those who opt for all-steel bearings. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of specialist bearing supplier, SMB Bearings, explains this choice and explores the differences between full ceramic and hybrid bearings.
Benefits of magnetic bearings when used with high-speed motors
A combination of magnetic bearings and high-speed motors ensures almost friction-free operation and the opportunity to create a new generation of high-efficiency machines, says Phil Burge, Marketing and Communications Manager at SKF.
Now is the time for Food and Drink SMEs to invest in automation
There’s never been a better time for food and drink SMEs to invest in robots for the workplace. Sales and exports are booming, and robots are more powerful than ever. Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services, examines the current challenges of the food and drink industry and details how robots can assist SMEs to boost productivity and compete with larger industry players.
Cybersecurity at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
A technical evolution has taken place, which has made cyber threats more potent than at any other time in our history. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, over half of British businesses will suffer cyber attacks by 2018. As businesses seek to embrace Industry 4.0, cybersecurity protection must be a top priority for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). These attacks are financially crippling, reduce production and business innovation, and cost lives. Dave Sutton, Product Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric, discusses Cybersecurity at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Anticipatory maintenance prevents unplanned downtime
Tapio Torikka of Bosch Rexroth examines some of the limitations of existing maintenance regimes and looks at new systems that are, for the first time, harnessing real-time data to enable a truly anticipatory approach to be taken to machine maintenance.
Production-oriented fasteners from Challenge Europe
The needs of manufacturing industry can generally be listed under the headings “reliability, speed, quality and cost” in varying order – but whatever the exact balance, design is always at the heart of achieving a successful outcome – as professed by specialist fastener suppliers Challenge Europe.
What will happen to UK machine safety legislation after Brexit?
Doug Florence, senior consultant at SafeMech, considers what might happen to machinery safety legislation in the UK after Brexit.